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20.02.2017

Brest region leadership meets with Baluchistan province delegation
Brest region leadership meets with Baluchistan province delegation Five thousand kilometers is not a hindrance for mutually beneficial trade. On February 20, the leadership of the Brest region and the delegation of the Pakistani province of Baluchistan met at the negotiating table. As it turned out, the regions have many common interests. One of the most densely populated areas of the world is willing to buy Belarusian dairy products and clothing.

17.02.2017

Belarusian e-buses may appear in China
Belarusian e-buses may appear in China Belarusian e-buses may appear in China. A government delegation from Sichuan Province has visited the Belarusian e-bus producer and tested the transport novelty. Today, this machinery meets international ecological standards, which is especially important for China because of smog problems.

16.02.2017

Belarusian milk powder and butter shipped to Syria
Belarusian milk powder and butter shipped to Syria The first bath of Belarusian dairy products has been shipped to the Syrian market. During the first trial Syrians are invited to taste Belarusian milk powder and butter. As noted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Syria is interested in the supply of Belarusian products. It is possible that in the future the range of exports will be expanded. In April 2017, Belarusian meat and dairy enterprises will present their capabilities for the countries of the Middle East.

15.02.2017

Belarusian flax and shoes will be supplied to India
Belarusian flax and shoes will be supplied to India Belarusian flax will be supplied to Mumbai, with shoe supplies being on the cards too. This information was announced on 9 Februaryby enterprises of the Vitebsk region of Belarus. The potential contract portfolio with these two countries is estimated at one billion dollars. Moreover, a presentation of a Belarusian leather and footwear holding company will be held in India in March.
Why do Norwegians make selfie with sun and how herring comes to Belarus?Why do Norwegians make selfie with sun and how herring comes to Belarus?
How Norwegian herring comes to Belarus? Even spoilt Europeanstaste and like Belarusian products. The weal theist Scandinavians praise the herring caught in their banks and processed by Belarusians (in the right way, apparently, otherwise they would not praise it). Our correspondent Yana Shipko has more about Norway. Norwegians have always lived by the sea. The warm flow is a real breadwinner for both sea inhabitants and locals.
Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals
Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals Rosselkhoznadzor continues to impose bans on Belarusian enterprises that supply to Russia food products which allegedly don’t meet the international standards of food safety. Therefore, our special correspondent Alexander Dobriyan went to Russian Bryansk to prove the artificiality of these restrictions.
Vitebsk region earns $30 million on export of medical services
Vitebsk region earns about $30 million on export of medical services in 2016 Belarus is increasing the export of medical services. The Vitebsk region alone increased export of these services by 20% in 2016, as compared to 2015. Such services brought the region BYN60 million (which is a bit less than $30 million). Hospitals, dental clinics, plastic surgery, diagnostic and rehabilitation centers are popular with foreigners in Belarus.

07.02.2017

Belarus wants to find bottlenecks in relations with Russia
Belarus wants to find bottlenecks in relations with Russia Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.

01.02.2017

Belarus determined to complete Garlyk plant in Turkmenistan on time
Belarus determined to complete Garlyk plant in Turkmenistan on time Belarus will perform on time and in full its obligations regarding the construction of the Garlyk mining and processing enterprise producing potash fertilizers. In the southeast of Turkmenistan, Belarusian builders are erecting the large-scale production facility in line with a turnkey contract. The cost of the plant is more than a billion dollars, with the Belarusian Potash Company to be engaged in the export of the plant’s products. In 2016, there were serious differences at the construction site that jeopardized the implementation of the project.
Parliamentary delegation of Pakistan to pay official visit to Belarus
Parliamentary delegation of Pakistan to pay official visit to Belarus The turnover of $1 billion and bet on investment projects. These and other plans will be discussed during the official visit of a parliamentary delegation of Pakistan to Belarus. The delegation will discuss trade and economic cooperation with the upper house of the Belarusian parliament, during the meeting with its head Mikhail Myasnikovich. The visitors from Asian country will then go to large Belarusian enterprises, including of Belarusian automobile industry.

31.01.2017

National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus
Treatment of complex diseases and electric vehicles: science is main engine of progress for Belarusians The Day of Belarusian science is celebrated on January 29. Doctoral degrees and professorships certificates were awarded last week at the Palace of Independence. 2017 was declared the Year of Science, which will play a key role in building an innovative economy. Knowledge is not only the power but also a way to become richer. Belarusian science has made the republic a space power. We are engaged in the global international projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider. But there are even more ambitious goals.

30.01.2017

Belarus and Egypt to establish joint greenhouses
Belarus and Egypt to establish joint greenhouses Joint greenhouses is one of the most promising projects of Belarusian-Egyptian cooperation. Representatives of the government and business circles of the Arab Republic visited Belarus towns Orsha and Vitebsk January 30. Representatives of Egypt are primarily interested in the agricultural sector and food production. The guests asked a lot about technology of cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants in our greenhouses. They also admired the production of canned meat for children.
Friendship is the largest capital between Belarus and Serbia
Friendship is the largest capital between Belarus and Serbia Belarus and Serbia would like to achieve a trade turnover of $500 million. Last week, the prime minister of that Balkan country visited Minsk. At a meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko the sides discussed how to effectively switch to direct deliveries of goods, without intermediaries. And even more - to create joint ventures. Serbia is a member of the Central European Free Trade Association. This is a duty-free market of 30 million. And the country is an official candidate for EU membership.
Belarus to ship equipment for microchips to India
Belarus to ship equipment for microchips to India Belarus plans to supply equipment for the production of microchips to India. The unique development of Belarusian scientists allows increasing the speed of manufacturing boards by several times and also significantly reducing the final cost. There are no analogues to such equipment on the post-Soviet space. The technology is used by the enterprises of Belarus, Russia and China. Foreign partners are interested in other developments of Belarus, too. On January 27, many of them were presented at an exhibition of achievements in the National Academy of Sciences.

26.01.2017

Belarus actively cooperates with Latvian ports
Belarus prefers Latvian ports to Russian for transit Cargo traffic through Belarus in the direction of Latvia increased in 2016. This fact was confirmed by the Ministry of Transport of Belarus on the 25th of January. First of all it concerns Russian goods which are transported by rail. Meanwhile, Belarus intends to continue active cooperation with Latvian ports for exporting Belarusian goods.

24.01.2017

Belarus to hold bilateral talks with more than 10 WTO countries in Geneva
Belarus to hold bilateral talks with WTO in Geneva Belarus will hold bilateral talks with more than ten countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. The first round is scheduled for January 23. The sides will consider foreign trade issues as well as agree on plans for future work. The Belarus delegation includes the representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

20.01.2017

Belarusian products
Belarusian food products to have special labels in EEU market Belarusian food products will be marked with a special sign in the EEU market. GMO labeling will be required on all food packaging. These changes will amend the Law on Quality and Safety of Food Raw Materials and Food Products. MPs of the House of Representatives are also considering other amendments that provide unhindered access for Belarusian goods to the EEU market.  On 18 January, Belarusian MPs discussed the stages of the legislative process.

18.01.2017

Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan
Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan Major contracts, agreements for the supply of Belarusian vehicles and the creation of assembly plants in Africa. The President of Belarus has completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan. These two countries are neighbors on the continent. In Cairo, the two leaders discussed a roadmap for cooperation development. The sides then held the third Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. The parties agreed to deepen cooperation in industry and agriculture.

17.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized. In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi Official negotiations between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took place on the 15th of January. The main topics were trade, industrial cooperation, science, education, health and tourism. Alexander Lukashenko met with his Egyptian counterpart in the Al Ittihadiya Palace (Heliopolis Palace). The guard of honor took part in the protocol ceremony. There was a period in the history of this palace when a military hospital was located here. By the way, most of the Egyptian leaders are people who come from the army.
Opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum
Belarus President attends Belarusian-Egyptian business forum Belarus and Egypt are ready to open up new horizons for cooperation. The countries are going to create join assembly plants for the production of road-building and municipal engineering. On the 16th of January, the presidents of Belarus and Egypt took part in the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus is ready to supply not only its own products, but also to share technologies and specialists with Egypt.

16.01.2017

Egypt
From tourism to food and industry: Belarus-Egypt relations For modern Belarusians Egypt is primarily a place for recreation and tourism. As for Egyptians, they are interested in Belarusian technologies of fresh water production as well as high-quality food products. The country of pharaohs, pyramids and valleys is an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world. By the way, Egypt's resorts attract thousands of tourists from Russia and Ukraine annually. But Egypt is now afraid of losing their tactful and friendly guests from Belarus.

15.01.2017

Belarus, Egypt about to sign numerous commercial contracts
Belarus, Egypt about to sign numerous commercial contracts Cairo is preparing for the official visit of the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko will visit Egypt to sign documents necessary to increase the trade turnover between Minsk and Cairo. The countries interested in the production and industrial cooperation.
Belarusian export strategy in action: Expectations from President Lukashenko's visit to Egypt
Belarusian export strategy in action: Expectations from President Lukashenko's visit to Egypt A dozen agreements worth millions of dollars: Minsk and Cairo are ready for a new impetus to the bilateral cooperation. The official visit of the President of Belarus to Egypt will definitely strengthen the development of partnerships. The visit starts on January 15. A number of important meetings with the leadership of the North African country are scheduled. It is expected that the Belarus head of state will take part in the opening of a joint business forum.

14.01.2017

Sergey Rachkov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Arab Republic of Egypt
Belarus-Egypt machine-building cooperation to expand A modernized enterprise for the production of Belarusian tractors will be opened in Alexandria, Egypt. It was announced by the Ambassador of Belarus in Egypt Sergei Rachkov. Each year the enterprise will produce up to 2,000 tractors. Due to the new production site Belarus will expand its presence in this area. The equipment will be shipped to both the Egyptian market and the neighboring countries.

03.01.2017

BelAZ to step up export by 10% in 2017 The Belarusian truck producer BelAZ has received orders for 2017 and plans to increased output by 15% and export by 10%. The contract package for H1 2017 is fully formed. On January 3, the company starts its work in the new year. The management has decided not to have long Christmas holidays. It is necessary to deliver machinery on both CIS markets as well as far abroad. Cooperation with North and Latin America is especially active.

02.01.2017

Belarus on foreign markets in 2016
Belarus foreign trade highlights 2016 In 2016, Belarusians worked hard on foreign markets, defending national interests around the globe. For example, the powerful China has included Belarus in the four closest strategic partners. The Egyptian market is very promising for Belarus, as well as the market of the Arab world. For example, Egyptians need Belarus' help in the development of freshwater sources. In the past 2016, the Arab world not just opened its doors to Belarus but welcomed Belarus very hospitably. We are talking about Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha in particular.

30.12.2016

Minsk Plant of Sparkling Wines awarded Choice of the Year 2016
Minsk Plant of Sparkling Wines awarded Choice of the Year 2016 Mongolia, Estonia, the USA, Israel, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan - Minsk Plant of Sparkling Wines is expanding the geography of champagne supplies. But, of course, the greatest award, which the company takes pride in, is the choice of buyers, with demand reaching its peak just before the New Year. The quality of Sovetskoye champagne is confirmed by numerous awards. Over the 38-year history, the plant has received more than 140 accolades. One of the latest is the Choice of the Year 2016.

26.12.2016

Belarus President hails relations with a number of foreign banks
Belarus President hails relations with a number of foreign banks Terms of attracting foreign investments to Belarus were discussed on December 26. These investments must comply with public interests, said President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State noted that one of the most important channels of credit receipt is the banking sector. In recent years, Belarus has developed business partnerships with a number of foreign banks operating in the country.

21.12.2016

Russia may lift Belarusian food supply restrictions this week
Russia may lift Belarusian food supply restrictions this week Restrictions on the supply of Belarusian meat and dairy products to Russia for some businesses will be lifted this week, said vice premier Mikhail Rusyi on December 21 at the Oval Hall of the Parliament. In order to resolve the issue a group of Belarusian specialists is now working in the Russian Federation. Belarus has already handed over materials about counterfeiting of Belarusian products to Russian investigative authorities.
Belarus plans to increase trade with Malaysia
Belarus plans to increase trade with Malaysia The trade turnover between Belarus and Malaysia can grow many times in the next few years, according to Belarus government. On December 20, the government met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Malaysia. Now the countries need to complete the formation of the bilateral intergovernmental commission, which will deal with the promotion of new projects. They will affect areas such as biotechnology, microbiology, and laser optics. The traditional area of ​​cooperation between the two countries is machinery and potash sales.
Belarus and Malaysia planning to develop relations with greatest activity
Belarus and Malaysia planning to develop relations with greatest activity Minsk Oblast intends to develop cooperation with the Malaysian state of Sabah. Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Semyon Shapiro met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia. The sides noted that the relations in all spheres between Belarus and Malaysia should develop more actively, including between regions. The guests were told about the economic and trade opportunities of the Minsk region. Plans to deepen cooperation involve agriculture, machine building, education and tourism.
From bread to dairy: Belarusian export geography
From bread to dairy: Belarusian export geography Belarusian food is highly appreciated in the whole world and is exported to at least 50 countries. For example, bread is exported to such countries as Russia, the CIS countries, Germany, the USA, Israel, and Australia to the amount of $7 million annually. Though it takes about two weeks for a consignment to reach Israel, the USA or China, it still remains fresh thanks to shock freezing technology.

19.12.2016

Belarus, Ural Federal District expanding investment
Belarus, Ural Federal District expanding investment Belarusian businessmen together with the Ural colleagues are working to develop an investment program to construct a facility to produce building materials. Businesses have been successfully cooperating for several years. Now they are planning to increase the range of goods that will be a worthy substitute for imports.  Experts think the project could be beneficial to consumers,
Belarusian food products in Russia and Baltics: Why opinions of buyers and inspectors differ
Belarusian food products in Russia and Baltics: Why opinions of buyers and inspectors differ Taste of Belarusian bread will soon be world-famous! Some days ago, the Belarusian side signed a contract for the supply of Belarusian bread to Indonesia and Israel. Bakeries introduce shock freezing in order to maintain the quality and taste of the main Belarusian product. The traditional ‘cooling’ of attitude to Belarusian products on the Russian market, however, was not a shock. This often happens before New Year holidays.

16.12.2016

MZKT tank transporters being tested in UAE
MZKT tank transporters being tested in UAE Tank transporters made by Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) are being test-driven in the UAE. The vehicles were made by a special order. This is the principle, according to which the company now operates. In the case of the United Arab Emirates, we are talking about a long-term contract. It provides for the delivery of various machinery. The exact amount and timing of deliveries will be known after testing.

15.12.2016

38 BelAZ trucks to be shipped to Siberia
38 BelAZ trucks to be shipped to Siberia A large batch of BelAZ mining equipment will be delivered from Belarus to Siberia. 28 heavy trucks are purchased by the Siberian Coal Energy Company, which has branches in five Russian regions. Most of the trucks have already been sent to consumers. Another 10 vehicles will be delivered in early 2017. Belarusian Autoworks (BelAZ) and Siberian Coal Energy Company (one of the world leaders in the coal industry) have been collaborating for several years. The company bought 350 BelAZ trucks and demand for Belarusian giants is steadily growing.
Azerbaijan's economy minister: We are interested in industrial cooperation
Azerbaijan's economy minister: We are interested in industrial cooperation Belarus and Azerbaijan are discussing ways to expand cooperation in industry, health and agriculture. A delegation that includes members of the government and businessmen has arrived in Minsk from Azerbaijan. The main goal is to increase trade turnover between the two countries to $700 million. The current visit of the business circles of Azerbaijan will be a step towards the implementation of the arrangements achieved by the two heads of state.
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission 2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission. Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.
Why Russians love Belarusian food products?
Why Russians love Belarusian food products? Ordinary Russians from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok have always been glad to spend their Russian rubles in exchange for quality Belarusian products. Even Russian governors repeatedly told the CTV Channel about their love for Belarusian foodstuffs. Tamara Mukhina, resident of Smolensk (Russia):I buy a yogurt produced by the Vitebsk dairy plant. Sometime in 1967, I studied at the college of dairy industry and had an internship at the Vitebsk plant, the old one.
UAE to help promote Belarusian Halal products in Middle East market
UAE to help promote Belarusian Halal products in Middle East market Belarusian products are in demand in the Middle East market and the UAE company RACS is ready to speed up the certification process. Belarus will ship Halal products to Muslim countries' markets. Requirements to such goods are sufficiently high. Production technologies imply the absence of ingredients prohibited for use in food by Muslims. Belarus will also need to carefully observe hygiene rules and treat animals compassionately.
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints The quality of Belarusian food products does not cause complaints from foreign consumers. None of the 58 countries to which Belarus delivers foodstuffs has complaints, except for Russia.  Note that we are not talking about the end customer (ordinary Russians are eager to buy Belarusian products), but the regulatory authorities. The level of control and state standards at Belarusian plants are in many respects stricter than in other countries, including the same Russia. 

13.12.2016

President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
Belarus' MTZ to open assembly plant in South Africa
Belarus' MTZ to open assembly plant in South Africa Minsk Tractor Plant will open an assembly plant in South Africa. Preliminary agreements on cooperation have already been signed. In particular, the document envisages the establishment of a tractor assembly plant in South Africa. In the near future, foreign partners will determine the range of equipment that will be assembled at the new production facility.
Belarus' wood processing companies earn $100 million on exports in 2016
Belarus' wood processing companies earn $100 million on exports in 2016 Belarusian producers have increased timber exports to non-CIS countries, and in monetary terms since the beginning of the year have earned more than $100 million. Plywood, particleboard, fiberboard and furniture are in the greatest demand, which means that products with a deep degree of processing and high added value are the most profitable. At the same time, the share of exports to new countries is increasing. In number terms, companies have sold to the Middle East 1.5 times more wood products than it was planned for 2016.

08.12.2016

Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has guaranteed support for Vnesheconombank (VEB) in Belarus. On December 8 the President met with the chairman of this financial structure. Since 2016 Sergei Gorkov has headed the corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs. They are working to support the Belarusian and Russian exports, including to third countries. According to the head of state, the Russian partners can count on support from the government and the National Bank. But the most important thing is to fully implement the agreements reached.

07.12.2016

Belarus government sums up work to expand export
Belarus government sums up work to expand export Remove barriers to trade with Russia and increase the export geography are the top priorities discussed by the Belarus government. It has summed up its work on the expansion of exports. Overall, in 2016, Belarus opened five new markets and is now selling products in 160 countries. It is also expanding the list of export commodity positions; however, we are talking about the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union only. As for the EU, Belarus must be more active in promoting its goods there.

06.12.2016

Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction
Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko. Turnover this year has fallen, especially against the backdrop of a record trade volume in 2015. There are all prerequisites to catch up. In the Palace of Independence, the parties identified several areas for possible enhanced cooperation - from agriculture to construction.

05.12.2016

Polish parliamentary delegation arrives in Minsk December 4
Polish parliamentary delegation arrives in Minsk December 4 Belarus and Poland are ready to discuss a large block of economic issues, including the increase in turnover by about 30%, the embassy of Poland in Belarus told CTV.by announcing the arrival in Minsk of the Marshal of the Polish Senate. The parliamentary delegation from Warsaw arrived December 4 at the invitation of the Council of the Republic. It will attend a meeting of the upper house of the Belarus parliament. A number of other meetings is also scheduled.

02.12.2016

Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015
Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belarus, Isfandiyar Vahabzade, on December 1 as the diplomat completed his mission in Belarus. The President noted that the past few years had been the most fruitful in the relations between Belarus and Azerbaijan. Over 10 years, the level of trade between the two countries has increased by 10 times.

29.11.2016

Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups
Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups Late November 2016 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that machine industry is extremely important for the country. He mentioned modern technology, export and underlined the importance of 150,000 jobs in the sphere. Belarusian vehicles are quite popular in Russia and Europe. However, it is not always easy to find sales destinations. This was discussed at the meeting hosted by the President. There were over 80 machine industry representatives from all the 16 Belarusian automotive holding groups.
Brazil waits for Belarusian travelers
Brazil joins the club: all about visa-free travel for Belarusians From November 25, there is one more country Belarusians can travel visa-free: Brazil has joined the club of 40 countries keeping their doors open to the citizens of Belarus. There is some more good news for avid travellers. Belarusian passport climbs slow and sure up the “travel freedom” list. All in all Belarusians can visit 41 countries without red tape constraints. The list of them is really astonishing. Not to mention the neighbouring Russia and Ukraine, there are, for instance, such exotic spots as Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.
Belarus, Azerbaijan agree to reach turnover of $700 million in 2017
Belarus, Azerbaijan agree to reach turnover of $700 million in 2017 Belarus and Azerbaijan have agreed to reach a turnover of $700 million in 2017. Alexander Lukashenko and Ilham Aliyev agreed that the cooperation between the two countries has a lot of untapped reserves. One of the steps in this development is the creation in Minsk and Baku of national trading houses. Belarus intends to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of petrochemistry and cotton processing.

28.11.2016

Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering
Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering Belarusian trucks, passenger cars and buses have to compete with Swedish Volvo and Scania and it's not easy. However, an interesting fact: Volvo group has recently been bought by the Chinese company Geely, whose cars are produced in Belarus. In this chain, Belarus could find benefits for its automobile industry. Firstly, this fact gives some weight to the brand BelGee. And new models of the Belarusian-Chinese cars are being developed together with Volvo. But experts say: each product will find a buyer if you sell aptly and establish production process well.
South Sinai signs cooperation memorandum with Minsk region
South Sinai signs cooperation memorandum with Minsk region The Minsk region has reached an agreement on cooperation with one of the largest and most developed regions of Egypt. The sides signed a memorandum on mutually beneficial relations in the socio-cultural and trade-economic spheres. This is the first visit of the South Sinai delegation to Belarus. Over the first 9 months of 2016, the turnover of Minsk with Egypt amounted to approximately $2.5 million.

24.11.2016

President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering
President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering The President of Belarus requires to radically improve the situation in the field of mechanical engineering. Alexander Lukashenko said this on November 24 at a meeting on the development strategy of the industry. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, relevant ministries, heads of Belarusian enterprises, scientists, as well as those who use the products of Belarus' mechanic engineering.
Profitability of Belarusian agricultural exports exceeds 20%
Belarus to introduce law on organic products in 2017 Return on sales of Belarusian agricultural products to foreign markets exceeds 20%. For example, a ton of beef gives profits of almost $750, a ton of cheese about $1,300, according to Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats.
Belarus and Austria discussing mutual projects
Belarus and Austria discussing mutual projects Minsk and Vienna have resumed the work of all mechanisms of economic cooperation development. That was the leitmotif of the 13th session of the Belarusian-Austrian intergovernmental commission on bilateral trade and economic cooperation. This meeting in the Belarusian capital brought together the business circles of the two countries: 25 Austrian and over 100 Belarusian companies.

21.11.2016

Dictionary
How foreign languages promote Belarusian economy Your tongue will get you anywhere: to Kiev, London, New York or Beijing. Belarusian managers have to keep up with Belarusian foreign policy achievements because they need to agree on sales of Belarusian tractors, cheeses and sausages in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Arab. The English language is a must for Belarusian specialists. Andrei has learned about it from his personal experience. He speaks German fluently and actively uses it at work. Nevertheless, any language should be constantly practiced.

15.11.2016

President Lukashenko meets the workers of MogilevKhimvolokno
Belarus President visits MogilevKhimvolokno company The President of the Republic of Belarus has visited MogilevKhimvolokno company. By 2020, this giant of Belarusian chemical industry will turn into an entirely new enterprise. Modernization will ensure the needed radical qualitative changes, according to the task given by President Lukashenko. Many people have worked here for decades, like their parents did, along with their spouses and adult children.
Belarus' exposition opens at International Trade Fair in New Delhi
Belarus' exposition opens at International Trade Fair in New Delhi Belarusian MAZ trucks, famous candies and road machinery in India. A national exposition of Belarus opened at the international trade fair in New Delhi. The country has presented famous domestic brands. These are products from 60 Belarusian companies in the field of mechanical engineering, petrochemical, light and food industries. During the national exposition, Belarus will present its companies and their products. There will also be a business matchmaking session. The 10th meeting of "Belarus-India" Business Council will take place, too.

12.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible On November 11, the President of Turkey made his first official visit to Belarus. The visit is a very significant step in the relations between two countries. The program of the visit included the negotiations, opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque and business forum that gathered about 500 representatives of large Belarusian and Turkish companies. It is worth mentioning that Turkey became the first country to acknowledge the independence of Belarus after the collapse of the USSR.

11.11.2016

EAEU conference in Gomel: No trade barriers between member countries
EAEU conference in Gomel: No trade barriers between member countries There shouldn’t be any barriers between countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). That’s the main topic of the EAEU international conference held in Grodno. The business terms should be equal for all five member countries. However, according to participants of the conference, the court heard at least 10 appeals in 2015. All of them were referred to the violation of common rules of competition.   Due to the investigation, it was possible to reduce the cost of roaming on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time Belarus and Turkey are able to make a new step in their relations. A few hours ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his official visit to Belarus. The Turkish leader's plane landed at the Minsk National Airport. Next, the Turkish leader went to the Palace of Independence, where he was met by the Belarusian head of state. In 2016, the heads of state have already met at the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held in Istanbul in April.
Good partner: How much does Turkey invest in Belarus?
Good partner: How much does Turkey invest in Belarus? The head of Turkey is expected in Minsk with an official visit. November 11 will be the day of big politics. President Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Recep Erdogan will set the overall tone for the business circles of the two countries. More than 400 companies have already registered to take part in the Belarusian-Turkish business forum.

08.11.2016

Belarus export at $17 billion in January-September 2016
Belarus export at $17 billion in January-September 2016 Statistics is in favor of Belarusian producers. During the first 9 months of 2016, Belarus' exports grew by 4% compared to the same period in 2015. In numerical terms, in September, the export exceeded $2.7 billion. In general, since the beginning of 2016, Belarusian enterprises sold abroad goods worth almost $17 billion. Companies have also increased the range and scope of services provided. The positive balance in services is $1.7 billion.

04.11.2016

Belarus taking part in international arms exhibition in Indonesia
Belarus taking part in 2016 Indo Defence Expo & Forum in Indonesia Belarusian wheeled amphibious armored car, the missile system Polonez and drones are presented at an international expo in Indonesia. Belarus has presented samples of the Belarusian military industry at the region's largest international exhibition of weapons and equipment. Products by hundreds of companies are exhibited in Jakarta at an area of over 10,000 square meters. The Belarusian booth includes the latest developments: Belarusian air defense missile systems, automated control systems and models of military equipment.
Dairy companies of Minsk region expanding range of export products
Dairy exporters from Minsk region expanding range of products Dairy exporters from the Minsk region are improving their export opportunities, expand the range and improve quality of products that could be interesting to foreign consumers. The Kapyl branch of the Slutsk plant for the production of cheese, butter, dry milk products exports to Russia and Kazakhstan more than 90% of its products. In 2017, it is planning to produce whey powder, without mineral salts.
Joint production of tractors and economic cooperation: SCO summit opens in Bishkek
Joint production of tractors and economic cooperation: SCO summit opens in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan has resumed the assembly of Belarusian tractors. The opening ceremony of the production facility took place in Bishkek. This city became the center of continental politics on November 3. It is hosting the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with Belarus being here as an observer. The main issue is economic cooperation. Belarus offered to expand industrial cooperation within the SCO. On November 3, an assembly plant for MTZ tractors has started work in Bishkek.

03.11.2016

Belarus, Kyrgyzstan resume assembly of tractors
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan resume assembly of tractors Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have resumed the assembly of tractors in Bishkek. An opening ceremony was held on November 3 production with the participation of the Prime Minister of Belarus. The assembly facility will produce up to 5,000 tractors per year. The sides plan to sell the vehicles not only in Kyrgyzstan. The possibility of exporting machinery to China and Turkmenistan is being worked out. Delivering tractor kits to the assembly plant in Kyrgyzstan the MTZ plans to use customs regime called "free warehouse".
Belarusian producers strike profitable deals with Kazakhstan
Belarusian producers strike profitable deals with Kazakhstan New contracts for the supply of meat and milk products. Belarusian producers have returned from Kazakhstan with orders worth $10 million. A little more modest are results of the negotiations for the supply of furniture - $2 million. In addition, Kazakh partners are interested in expanding the assembly production of combine harvesters at a joint venture in the city of Kostanay. The country already has three dealerships and demand for equipment is growing.

02.11.2016

Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant to supply off-road dump truck to UAE
Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant to supply off-road dump truck to UAE Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Prospective projects worth tens of millions of dollars were discussed at the meeting. Next year, the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant will supply off-road dump trucks to the UAE. Belarus is also interested in increasing export of food products and construction materials. Strategic projects are planned in the field of high technologies and military and technological cooperation.

01.11.2016

Christian Friis Bach, UN Under Secretary General, Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Europe
Christian Bach: economic policy of your country creates more opportunities for business The program Week met the main person of the Economic Commission for Europe, Executive Secretary to learn more about the possible projects and why integration is becoming a sign of new times. Mr. Bach, today I’ve seen the announcement of the conference on the ECE official page on social networks. You’ve chosen a photo of Bolshoi Theatre. Have your acquaintance with Belarus started with the Bolshoi Theatre?

31.10.2016

Chinese veterinarians inspect Belarusian meat packing plants
Chinese veterinarians inspect Belarusian meat packing plants Chinese veterinarians finished the official inspection of Belarusian meat packing factories. The experts were inspecting the Belarusian approach to feeding livestock and the rules of the production of meat and meat products. Chinese specialists favorably evaluated the work of Belarusian colleagues and the level of the veterinary service in Belarus.  
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Belarus leader meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Possible joint projects and investment cooperation between Belarus and the United Arab Emirates were discussed October 31 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The President of Belarus met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30 These days, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is in the Middle East. He is now in the United Arab Emirates, but early in the morning of October 30, the President held talks with the Sheikh of Qatar. This is one of the richest Arab countries. Here, there is the highest oil production per capita in the world. And each of the 2 million people here is a wealthy man. The country spends petrodollars on social services. In Belarus, Qatari businessmen are involved in a number of projects. Today, this list may become longer.
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.

30.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar Belarus is prepared to offer projects that are beneficial for Qatar. Alexander Lukashenko announced that during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Belarus’ President arrived to Qatar for an official visit. The meeting began with the official ceremony with the guard of honor was taking part. Anthems of both countries were performed. The President of Belarus and the Emir of Qatar welcome members of official delegations. Afterwards, they headed to a meeting hall.
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses”
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses” The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result, the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Belarus plans to participate in projects related to infrastructure that are implemented in Qatar. The construction is going on in the capital of Qatar. Mostly, it’s connected with the Football World Championship in 2022.

28.10.2016

CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements
CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held at the National Library in Minsk. In total, the agenda included more than 20 draft documents. Almost every second of them has an economic component. Implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement remains the priority for the allies.
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.

26.10.2016

Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

25.10.2016

President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union. At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.
Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements in 2017
Deputy Premier of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements with Belarus in 2017 Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians now do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. For the first time over these years, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia visited Minsk on October 24. The parties see great potential for cooperation in the field of agriculture, engineering and mining industries. Now they are forming a complete legal base of the bilateral relations.
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation Expansion of inter-regional cooperation between Belarus and Poland is one of the major topics discussed in Belarus these days. On October 25, a business delegation from Lubuskie Province is arriving in the Gomel region. Business circles of that European country intend to establish contacts with companies of the region.

24.10.2016

Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government. With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. The Foreign Minister of Namibia arrived in Minsk on October 24. Now the sides are working on the formation of a full-fledged legal basis of the bilateral relations.
Belarus proposes Poland to boost economic cooperation
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland to arrive in Belarus October 24 Minsk and Warsaw are expanding trade connections. On October 24 Belarus will welcome Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. He will hold talks with the leadership of Belarus as well as take part in the meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation. It is expected that the high-ranking guest will visit the annual Belarusian-Polish economic forum Neighbourhood. It will open on October 24 at the National Library and will gather several hundred representatives of leading companies of the two countries.

20.10.2016

Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance
Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance Every ruble from the Union State budget should be spent effectively. This is required by the slowdown in economic activity in various sectors. This is the outcome of the meeting of representatives of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. On October 20, they discussed by videoconference how the Union State budget is being executed.  The sides noted that the current level of financial control bodies of the two countries is a way to enhance the integration and achieve common goals.
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says Belarus is experiencing a "renaissance" in trade relations with Europe, said today chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus. One of the forms that is most attracted to foreign partners is industrial cooperation. It will allow producing more quality products and developing ways to enter new markets. Meanwhile, there are some problems in the field of foreign trade. For example, exceptions and limitations.

18.10.2016

Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020
Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020 Cooperation in the field of machine tools may become profitable for Belarus and Tatarstan. This was discussed at a meeting of the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, with Rustam Minnikhanov, who is visiting Belarus. Tatarstan will soon begin a large-scale modernization of the aviation plant and other engineering companies. Therefore, the foreign visitors are determined to cooperate with Belarus in the industry.

17.10.2016

Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine
Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine Affiliated enterprise of the Belarusian potash company has opened on in Ukraine on October 17. The main goal is to expand the presence on the market. A country with a large sector of agricultural sphere is a prospective market for Belarus. This new enterprise will help to reach a new level of cooperation with consumers of mineral fertilizers and to increase the number of shipments. Today, Belarusian potassium is purchased in every second country. The fifth part of the world’s export belongs to the Belarusian potash company.
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk All air mail coming to Belarus will now be processed at National airport Minsk. On October 17, a logistics center for international correspondence will open here.  It will use the latest technical solutions, which will significantly reduce the time to send and receive parcels and help immediately identify the address.  The main thing is that customs inspection will also be carried out on the spot.

14.10.2016

Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year
Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year Kurgan region of Russia is ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian equipment per year. Farmers from that Russian region are already familiar with Belarusian tractors. There are about 2,500 of them in the tractor fleet of the agricultural region. The Russian guests are also interested in machines for the timber industry, as well as some types of municipal and road-building machinery. On October 13, the delegation visited the enterprise Amkodor and perhaps soon it may sign some new contracts.
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue Belarus and the European Union have resumed the dialogue on trade. On October 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus hosted the first round of talks. The parties declared their intention to increase the trade turnover. As noted by the head of the EU Delegation in Belarus, it is European companies that are primarily interested in trade with our country. Andrea Victorin emphasized that the conversation took place in a warm atmosphere, and today one can say about the warming of relations between Belarus and the European Union.

13.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions Belarus is ready to cooperate with the Kurgan region in all areas, said the Belarus President meeting with the governor of the Russian region Alexei Kokorin on 13 October. Mutual trade turnover figures are modest: a little more than $20 million. Therefore, there is much space for further cooperation.
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk Inter-regional cooperation is a step towards the strengthening of Belarusian-Russian relations. The governor of Kurgan region has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects of cooperation, including in trade. Together with the head of the Russian region are high-ranking officials and heads of large enterprises of Kurgan region. The Kurgan delegation is going to hold negotiations with the leadership of Belarus as well as visit a number of industrial enterprises. Kurgan region is an agricultural region. Farmland occupies almost half of its area. Therefore

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